GEAR:30 Podcast

In our new GEAR:30 mini-series, we’re talking to key designers in the world of snowsports and bike helmets to get a current state of helmet tech and helmet R&D. Today we talk with Ståle Møller of Sweet Protection about the pros & cons of the two different safety certifications; advances in materials & our understanding of head injuries; ventilation; the unique challenges of designing helmets for various activities; and how to know when you ought to replace your helmet.

Current State of Helmet Tech, pt. 1: Sweet Protection (Ep.149)

In our new mini-series, we’re talking to key designers in the world of snowsports and bike helmets to stitch together a current state of helmet tech and helmet R&D. Today we talk with Ståle Møller about the pros & cons of the two different safety certifications; advances in materials; our understanding of head injuries; ventilation; the unique challenges of designing helmets for various activities; and how to know when you ought to replace your helmet.

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Carl Moriarty, design director for Rapha cycling apparel, goes on Blister's GEAR:30 podcast to discuss the past and future design paradigms of apparel design and development, "breathable" vs "air-permeable" fabrics, DWRs and fluorocarbons, and more

Old Principles & New Challenges of Apparel Design (Ep.147)

We talk with Carl Moriarty (previously the Design Director at Arc’teryx, currently the Design Director at Rapha) about his career path in the outdoor industry; several principles of technical apparel design; the challenge of balancing high performance with sustainability; and how being clear on these things can help us evaluate advertising claims about new pieces.

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On Blister's GEAR:30 podcast, Luke Koppa and I talk about a bunch of ski touring gear they've been reviewing, including the Ronin 108, Fischer TransAlp Pro, DPS Pagoda Tour 100 RP, Weston Summit, WNDR Alpine Vital 100, and Moment Voyager XIV, and then answer a number of listeners' touring-related questions.

Ski Touring Gear & Listener Questions (Ep.146)

Which tech bindings feel the most like alpine bindings? What “very light” skis offer the best suspension and damping? In this episode, Luke Koppa and Jonathan Ellsworth talk about a bunch of ski touring gear they’ve been reviewing and answer a number of your touring-related questions.

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On Blister's GEAR:30 podcast Jonathan Ellsworth & Luke Koppa discuss one of the most important concepts in ski design: suspension. So what do we mean by “suspension”? Are terms like “plush” or “damp” synonyms, or are there important differences? And what are some of the best skis of all-time when it comes to suspension? Let the debate begin.

The Mt. Rushmore of Ski Suspension (Ep.143)

We discuss one of the most important concepts in ski design: suspension. So what do we mean by “suspension”? Are terms like “plush” or “damp” synonyms, or are there important differences? And what are some of the best skis of all time when it comes to suspension? Let the debate begin.

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MADE Custom Apparel co-founders, Cheryl LeBarr, Capri Philip, and Dustin Butcher go on Blister's GEAR:30 podcast to discuss their new custom apparel brand, its background, their custom process, and more

MADE: Custom Technical Apparel (Ep.139)

MADE is a new company that’s setting out to make custom technical apparel. Their 3 co-founders are all veterans of the technical apparel and outdoor industries, and Luke Koppa and I talked to Cheryl LeBarr, Capri Philip, and Dustin Butcher about why they started MADE and how they are making this happen.

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Kara Williard, Sascha Anastas, Jonathan Ellsworth, & Luke Koppa discuss on the GEAR:30 podcast the first Blister Summit, including several skis they tested from Folsom, Icelantic, Dynastar, Rossignol, Wagner, WNDR Alpine, & 4FRNT.

Blister Summit Recap & New Ski Reviews (Ep.137)

Luke Koppa, Sascha Anastas, Kara Williard, and Jonathan Ellsworth offer a recap of our inaugural Blister Summit in Mt. Crested Butte, then discuss a number of skis from 4FRNT, Rossignol, Wagner Custom Skis, Dynastar, Icelantic Skis, WNDR Alpine, and Folsom Custom Skis that we spent time on at the Summit.

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Mark "Osman" Osell and Jeff Perry go on Blister's GEAR:30 podcast to discuss their shop, Gear West, Midwestern skiing, snowboarding, and biking, and more

Shop Talk: Gear West, Long Lake, MN (Ep.136)

Mark “Osman” Osell and Jeff Perry from Gear West in Long Lake, Minnesota, to talk about the Minnesota ski scene; the Gear West campus; dropping cliffs in the Iowa backcountry; the fantastic bike culture of Minnesota, and more.

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Eric Helmbrecht of Powder Hound Ski Shop in Girdwood Alaska goes on Blister's GEAR:30 podcast to discuss the 20/21 ski season in Alaska, gear they've been liking in Alaska, and more

Shop Talk: Powder Hound, Girdwood, AK (Ep.133)

Eric Helmbrecht, owner of Powder Hound Ski & Bike Shop is back on the show to talk about this season in Girdwood; Fizz Nation; some of the gear that he and his staff are particularly high on this season; and, of course, we had to talk about Juras.

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Drew Kelly, Luke Koppa, & Jonathan Ellsworth discuss on Blister's GEAR:30 podcast the new Volkl M6 Mantra & Secret 96; Head Monster 108 vs. Volkl Katana 108; Movement Alp Tracks 106, GO 106 Ti, & Fly Two 115

New Volkl Mantra M6; Burly Chargers; & Movement Skis (Ep.130)

Luke Koppa and Jonathan Ellsworth offer their initial thoughts on the new Volkl Mantra M6 & Secret 96; reviewer, Drew Kelly, makes his GEAR:30 debut to compare the Volkl Katana 108 vs the HEAD Monster 108 vs the Blizzard Cochise 106; Luke discusses some of the Movement skis he’s been getting time on; & more.

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On Blister's GEAR:30 Podcast, Luke Koppa and Jonathan Ellsworth discuss the ski gear that impressed them the most during 2020, the new 4FRNT Devastator, Sego Big Horn 106, Renoun Endurance 88, Elan Wingman 86 CTi, and more

2020: Gear in Review (Ep.129)

Luke Koppa & Jonathan Ellsworth talk about some of the skis they’ve recently been testing; name some of the most surprising products of 2020 and some of the standout products of 2020; offer a few gear predictions for 2021; and end with what they’re celebrating this week.

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The Ski Monster founders, Eric Gerrmann & George Michaelsen, go on Blister's GEAR:30 podcast to discuss how and why they started The Ski Monster, what they've learned since then, and much more

Shop Talk: The Ski Monster founders, George & Eric (Ep.126)

We’re talking with the two friends who founded The Ski Monster in Boston, MA. We discuss how George and Eric met; how getting fired — twice! — turned out to be a very positive development; the diverse customer base they serve; why ski shops ought to work to elevate the experience of purchasing all of this expensive gear; and more.

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Boise Gear Collective founder, Tyson Stellrecht went to Blister HQ at Mt. Crested Butte, Colorado to discuss on their GEAR:30 Podcast running his shop, the used-gear ski and snowboard market, why Tyson is not getting into e-commerce, and more

Shop Talk: Tyson Stellrecht, Boise Gear Collective (Ep.123)

We sat down with Tyson Stellrecht, the founder of Boise Gear Collective, to talk about the selling of both used gear and brand new gear; how it’s going with backcountry.com one year later; why Tyson isn’t moving into e-commerce; gear snobs; predictions for the upcoming season; and more.

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Michael Cattanach, Product Design Director at Polartec, goes on Blister's GEAR:30 podcast to discuss the history of Polartec, Polartec NeoShell and why people should think a bit differently about waterproof and breathable fabrics, Polartec Power Air & Power Fill, & More

Bending the Paradigm: Polartec’s Approach to “Waterproofness” & Comfort (Ep.122)

What does “waterproof” really mean, and when should you worry (and not worry) about a 10k or 20k rating on the jacket or pants you are thinking of buying? Luke Koppa and Jonathan Ellsworth spoke with Michael Cattanach, the product design director at Polartec, about the “ingredients” used to make your favorite apparel; Polartec’s history; and what Polartec is up to today.

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20/21 Blister Buyer’s Guide + Your Questions (Ep.121)

Luke Koppa and Jonathan Ellsworth discuss some of the highlights and big takeaways from our new Winter Buyer’s Guide; our Best Of award winners; whether or not the 20/21 crop of ski gear represents a step forward; and we then answer a lot of the questions you submitted.

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